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Do you like to learn language or do you know more than one language

I guess if you have to live in a place there they don’t speak your languages then you need to learn their language.

or if you are woking in place that is foreign then you need to learn the language.

learning is great and learning languages is hlpeful in mayways

you get to speak with the people around you, you understand expression in that language, you understand feelings of those people since the emotions and feelings cant be translated and it will lost in translation

language is key to many things, sometimes is key to life, key to love, to work and many things more.

I know one language though started to learn the other language through net

English language is good for leanring since most of the books in English but French language is amazing, its classy to speak

I had French college and the she is encouraged me to learn it.

France is just one talk French but also lot of other countries talk in French in Africa

imagine you are in france and you can not talk the language, its not good, you get to learn French recipes, French movies will be simple to see

also monterial is another place that i like to live in, and they speak pure French. its so beautiful there. cloudy, sunny place all in montreaial qubic

French is not so easy to learn and it needs lots working hours and more talking with French people, or those who speaks french

What do you think about learn different language then your own? do you like to learn and you did not get the opportunity to do or you already know another language then yours?

are you planning to learn different language  or do not know different language and see this as waste of time

please tell in here in the comment part if you have same or different opinion and what is your favorite language and how you learn it

learning languages, express your thoughts

Computer Language And It Distinct Vocabulary – Part One
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Over a period of time computers have evolved and so has the language and its vocabulary full of esoteric and colorful terms and phrases. Here are some of the distinct vocabulary being revisited starting with the alphabet A, some of which many of us are familiar but do not know the full meaning. Here is the first in the series. Read and enjoy names and its meaning.

 

Absolute Address – The actual location in storage of a particular unit of data; an address that control unit can interpret directly. Also a number of label used to identify a specific storage location in the computers memory.

Access Time – Time required for data to be sent to or obtained from a storage unit.

Address – A number of label that represents a particular location in the computer memory. Every piece of data processed in a computer must be identified by its address so that the computer can access the data. Also to transmit data to or from the computer memory.

ADP – Automatic data processing referring to the manipulation of information by a system of electronic or electrical machines so interconnected and interacting as to reduce to a minimum the need for human assistance or intervention.

Algol – Acronym for Algorithmic Oriented Language, a scientifically oriented computer language that was designed to make the programming and representation of  computational problems direct and efficient.

Analog computer – Performs functions upon numbers in other than digital form, that is, on data presented in a continuous form. In mechanical analog computers, numbers are often represented by the physical quantities of the computers, numbers may be represented by voltages.

Application study – A study conducted to determine a computer programs, equipment and costs necessary to solve a problem or handle a procedure using computing machinery.

Assemble – To prepare machine language program for execution on the computer from a assembly language program.

Assembler – Program which translates instructions written in assembly language into machine language.

Assembly language – A machine oriented programming language that allows the programmer to express machine instructions and data in symbolic form.

Asynchronous – A type of computer operation in which a new instruction is initiated when the former instruction is completed.

 

Computers and internet have become very important and many of us will feel as if we are fish out of water if we do not have computers in our day to day life. I will continue with more terms in the second article in part two of the series.

 

 

 

Silence Is A Language Which Conveys A Range Of Meanings And Emotions
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When we were children many of us  were never silent unless and until we were told to be so. It is very difficult for a child to be silent as that is the age when one is open expressive and conveys his emotions loud and clear. As a child we are quiet only when we are unwell or when we are chided by our elders and we feel down and are in a bad mood. But as we grow many generally mellow down and scale slowly tilts downward as one grows in age. That being the case as we grow we slowly start appreciating silence. Silence is if used effectively is a language in itself it conveys a range of meanings and emotions depending on the situation in which a person finds himself or herself to be in.

 

Here let us try and understand how silence as a language conveys meanings and emotions in different situations in which we are in. In the case of a mother and a child when a mother wants the infant to sleep and he or she would not, she simply hums a tune or a lullaby and tenderly touches the forehead and caresses the infant slowly as this processes is carried out the infant within no time is having a sound sleep. Here there is no communication in the real sense as the infant cannot speak.

 

But the silence after the humming and the touch and warmth of a mothers hand are what provide the infant comfort and security and allow it to go to sleep as it feels safe in mothers hand. One can see here a meaning is there that the mother conveys to the infant the message to go to sleep through her touch and silence. So silence in itself accompanied with the touch is turning out to be a language of communication between the two so the bonding between them grows too over a period of time.

 

Second let us take the example of a relationship between lovers. When they would just want to tell each other that you mean a lot to me and you are my world and I cannot be alive with you whatever the case may be. All this is conveyed not through communication between the two. Mind you here both of them are elder and they can perfectly speak but no words are needed as only the sound of the sea waves can be heard and as the moon rises over there.

 

Both of them look into each others eyes and communicate silently holding each others hands in the sands. Here again eyes and the hands convey what they mean and silence is the language which they use to express themselves freely what they would want to convey and both of them also understand what the other is saying without a single word being spoken. Here we can see silence as a language in action. As both keep gazing deep into each others eyes as the time fly’s by. As love is being received and given by each to the other.

 

The third case where silence works as a language is when in the course of longing for each other  by the same lovers who have become husband and wife.  Both the lovers are working in different cities and would want to spend time with each other and would want the others company, but they can only communicate and speak for long hours and nothing else as the next day they both have to rush to their respective places of work. And the daily routine makes life monotonous for them they would want to meet but they cant their longing to meet each other increases but both know their have no choice.

 

So when the communication takes over telephone in between there are moments of silence and this silences conveys what the other is thinking in their mind to their spouse and lover. Who in turn is unable to say anything in answer and is also wanting to convey the same but is silent but sparks fly from both sides. This is when silence is used as a language by both of them to convey and communicate their emotions and feelings for each other. Which the other very well understands and reciprocates. This is the power silence at play.

 

In the fourth case too the same couple show the power of silence when the husband is hospitalized and is in a serious condition and cannot speak but is conscious and can only see. The wife who is worried as he proceeds to the operation would want to tell so many things but does not know how to as she is shocked that such a situation has befallen on both. In the final moments when the door to the operation theater opens she holds her tears back as her husband is being wheeled inside and just glances at him, their eyes meet and a communication of the emotions being faced by both is conveyed to each other again through their eyes only the situation is different.

 

The meeting of the eyes is like a hour to both but the same is broken as the operation theater door is closed. The wife is full of silent sobs, she is alone and does not have the comfort of the lover who would provide her the warmth and comfort which she would find in his presence. She silently waits there hoping against hope that things go well and he would come out and meet her. But silence is the language here too.

 

In the fifth case after hours of surgery when the door suddenly opens she is jolted out of her sleep and sees the surgeon coming out of the operation theater towards her. Her legs tremble with fear as to what the news would be when the surgeon would speak. The distance from the door till the place where she is standing is very near but it feels like a long time when he finally comes. Looking at him she feels she is about to faint. But she keeps her composure and when the surgeon finally utters the words “He Is Fine And Will Be Fine In A Few Days”.

 

She is the happiest woman on the earth and wants to thank the surgeon but there are no words but only tears of joy. The surgeon understands this, smiles and   pats her on the shoulder and says “Take Care” and then walks away to another ward. She is overwhelmed with joy. Here again there is just a smile and a message conveyed her tears of joy and smile and the surgeon returning the smile and patting her on the shoulder are the messages and emotions conveyed. But the main language here too is silence and the silence was deafening from her side.

 

In the sixth case after the treatment when she is about to take her husband back to their home he having fully recovered. We both of them meet the surgeon again before they leave both of them are filled with nothing but gratitude to the surgeon. The husband for having saved his life and the wife for saving her life that is her husband. The gaze from both their eyes is similar and conveys an emotion of gratitude and a big thank you and nothing else. Both are dumbstruck as they are unable to utter any word whatever they had thought they would to him.

 

They both feel awkward at the moment due to their incapability  to communicate despite being able to speak. But the surgeon understands their situation and wishes them well and just say with a big smile “Take Care And Be Happy”. Saying this he goes on with his duty. Here again emotion is conveyed through smiles exchanged among them and a message from the surgeon. The communication was silence again as it was just smiles they spoke and what the surgeon told was just to lighten the mood for them.

 

This shows how silence can be effective as a language and convey a range of emotions and meanings which are very powerful but need no communication in the form of speech between two people or parties. This is nothing but the power of silence working. Silence has many other qualities by  which it helps the individual be able to do something which he or she cannot do in the normal speech mode which is used in ones day to day life. Dear readers hope you enjoyed this topic of silence as a language.

How Ex-Pat Get Jobs Jamaicans Could Have Done
March 5, 2017
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Many years ago, the owner of a business wanted a woman from Zimbabwe to be his Personal Assistant.  The woman had no qualifications that Jamaicans didn’t have.

Attending the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, he explained, in graphic detail, how a particular Japanese gentleman he had been pursuing called his office and his current P.A. answered the phone and barked… “Ehhh, Wha yu a seh?  Me caan unnastan yu…”

The Gentleman, insulted by the tone of voice, for patwa is a language hurled from the back of the throat in an aggressive manner, hung up.

When the Business owner appreciated what had happened, he knew he needed an ex-pat who could speak English and had manners.

The Zimbabwean woman got her work permit.

On a work site, they were bringing in men from Venezuela to do the building.  Confronting the Manager,  who was English, part of the British/Venezuela Partnership, he summoned a Jamaican worker.

“Junior, please be good enough to take the document from the bureau and have Miss Kirlew make three Xerox copies.”

And Junior, not unexpected said; “A wha yu a seh?”

Dismissing Junior he called Pedro.  And said the same thing.

Pedro, who barely spoke English said; “Papel?  A Tres?  Tres?” and held up three fingers.

When Pedro left, the manager said; “Jamaicans speak no known language.  This is a work site, there is danger, hence we will hire those who can speak and understand Spanish. And who make an attempt to understand English.”

A beautiful young model was among a number who had been selected to screen for an American television commercial.

The producer called to her, asked her a question, and she did the, “wha yu seh?”

“Does any one here speak English?”  he exclaimed.

One girl, brighter than the others, in her best ‘speaky-spokey’ said, “I can speak English..”  and she got the job.

All of these examples are true.  They are real, they have been documented.

So why do Jamaicans persist in patwa?

  1. False Nationalism/Pride
  2. Deliberate Plot to Disenfranchise the Lower Class
  3. Ignorance of English

The idea to tell people ‘Patwa fi wi langwij’ began when University was free and the criteria was merit.  By having the poor fail themselves, there would be no question of bias.   Simply put, the candidate failed the English entry exam, hence, could not enter university.

The upper class could speak English, so were guaranteed the places.  Now, the costs are so enormous that only the rich can attend.

As the poor lives in a ‘ghetto’ and only hears patwa, save if foreign television or movies are watched, they don’t appreciate that they are unable to understand English.

It is when they are confronted by the police and are in court that the handicap emerges.

It is not only in Jamaica.  The trick was tried in America, first as ‘Black English’ then as ‘Ebonics’ so as to have Blacks disqualify themselves from University.  Fortunately, the Black community in America didn’t fall for it.

Understanding Branding on the Tongue
March 3, 2017
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In nations in which the population is virtually homogeneous, the way to delineate the classes is often done by what is called ‘Branding on the Tongue‘.   This term refers to how one speaks.  The accent, the words used, even how the words are used is considered.

One can easily hear this by listening to the British Broadcasting Company where the ‘serious’ news presenters speak in a certain language with a particular accent, where the Sports Reporters have a different accent and use words differently.

The Motion Picture, My Fair Lady, is an excellent display of this ‘Branding on the Tongue.’ An English Professor took a Flower Seller who spoke in the  Cockney accent, (recognised as that used by the under class) and taught her to speak as if she came from the Upper Class.

In Jamaica, for example, the Upper Class spoke English at the highest level.  Although they would have a ‘Jamaican Accent’ or a kind of influence on the way they spoke, their English was impeccable. Considering that the Examinations given to Enter High School and University were set in Cambridge.   Obtaining an ‘A’ on a G.C.E. ‘O’ level or ‘A’ level exam,    was an ‘A’, for whether taken in London or Llandeway, (a town in a Parish in Jamaica) it was the same Exam.

When Michael Manley made School Free, and set University entrance on Merit and Merit Alone, many so-called ‘upper class’ people were enraged that the child of the woman who cleaned their toilet had gotten a Free Place at University and their spoiled darling did NOT.

The plot, which was incredibly successful, was to have the under class disqualify itself from higher education by  pushing the Patwa fi wi langwij program.

Firstly, English examinations were replaced by ‘local’ examinations.  The CXC (Caribbean Examinations) replaced the G.C.E. and obtaining qualifications in that milieu was not accepted in foreign institutions.

Secondly, there was a push, using a English Professor at the University, to write a column in a daily in Patwa.  As if it were a language.

Thirdly, the demand a child speak proper English was dropped and many teachers who did not themselves speak or write proper English were hired.

The Upper Class maintained their hegemony in English so that their children would get the best places at local schools and often be sent to private schools where they could take English or American exams and step into society at a higher level than the child who graduated local schools with CXCs.

Things have become so bad that many ex-pats who operate businesses in Jamaica have to hire translators to communicate with the workers.

However, as people speak their own versions of patwa, it is not unusual that they don’t understand each other.

This often leads to convictions at the Court where the Prosecutor will ask a question in standard English and the witness or accused will not understand.   The answer given by the non-English speaker often results in an unexpected conviction or surprising release, for their evidence is twisted.

In a Rape Case, a woman described being pulled off the road and taken to a house where the man had sex with her.

The Defendant’s attorney, aware of the woman’s lack of English comprehension, questioned the Complainant and used the following words.

“You were on the road when the accused embraced you?”

“Yes.”

“And you and he strolled to the house.”

“Yes.”

“And then, inside of the house, he made love to you?”

“Yes.”

The accused was exonerated.

This is because the woman did not know the difference between ‘grab’ and ’embrace’ did not not understand the connotations of ‘stroll’ nor that ‘make love’ was not a synonym for rape.

By using the ability/inability to speak proper English for/against the citizen, they can be painlessly divided into classes.  Those from the bottom will remain in the bottom, while those at the top remain at the top. Never again will the house holder be embarrassed by the woman who cleans the toilet having her child accepted at university contra his.

The amazing thing about the Branding is that those who are Branded are proud of their ‘brand’ and do not appreciate the limitations they have accepted for themselves and inflicted on their children.

 

Most Chinese Children Are Lucky: Why?
February 27, 2017
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This situation is not also happened in China. Most children in China are so lucky since they are the product of one-child policy. It means that most families have only one child. The parents’ attention is to focus more on what’s the best for their child. Despite the control of the population in this state, it cannot be denied that sky rises the volume of the local people. If we are going to think it over, the high population of China is because of the land area of the country. It cannot also be denied that they were claiming expansion of their territory to nearby countries. That’s the big issue arises and still on the ground of disagreement and a never ending debate about it.

Recently, the Chinese government had imposed a new policy to uplift the one-child to a two-child policy. It wasn’t because of the high population is being concerned too. The reason is the increase population of elderly over the young generation. They need to keep it up for the decrease population of the young ones. They need to maintain the manpower for the young generations to uphold its strength of the state.

For the sake of children, luckiness can be put into giving all the best for them by their parents. Education is quite expensive in China. That’s the best investment for the parents to endure and work hard. The children are under great pressure to study hard and extreme homework is being given at school on a daily basis and the extra-curricular tutorial outside school curriculum. It proves that they need to cope up with the changes in the world. We can’t brush off the fact that they are trying to achieve their ultimate goal in being the most powerful country around the globe. At this point of time, most of these kids are learning the English language. They wanted to be the world-class country and be the best for everything.

We can never tell the future. Who knows? If they become the most powerful country, we are starting to learn their native tongue. It is too early to predict. For now, this transition will take a lot of time to achieve it.

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English Only? Why Not Learning a Language Can Hurt You.
January 30, 2017
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It’s time to learn a language.

It's time to learn a language.

No, this is not a political article so do not bother to debate me on this. I find that this expression is a strong point for why learning another language can be to your advantage. I was born in the USA in the city of New York. I came from Hispanic Descent. My parents are from Puerto Rico and had settled in the United States for 20 years.  In our house, we spoke two languages–Spanish and English. I butchered the Spanish language, mixing it with English. I, later, found out that I was not the only one. Many like me spoke Spanglish (A mixture of English and Spanish).

My parents, later, adapted to English only so that I would not get confused. After living in the States for 13 years, my father moved the family to Puerto Rico to get me out of the streets of New York City. Puerto Rico, even though, is a commonwealth of the United States, is a place where Spanish is the more predominant of the languages. (English is the second official language)   Bearing this in mind, my father took me aside and told me to forget English for a while. The priority was learning to read, write and comprehend the Spanish language.

My mother, bless her heart, gave me a crash course in the Spanish language. Now, I had an advantage—I understood it but I could not read nor write it. After many hours for about two weeks, I was reading and writing in Spanish. Spanish is not a difficult language to learn. The words are simple and if you are in an atmosphere where Spanish is spoken, you can pick it up in a very short time. So, I adjusted to learning how to speak two languages—English and Spanish. After 8 years of living in Puerto Rico, I joined the US Navy, moved to the States and served for 4 years. During that time, I got married, finished my tour of duty and settled in Virginia.

 

The Advantage of Learning Another Language.

 

Learning how to speak another language has benefited me. Working in a few different companies, I would handle the Spanish customers concerns. Doing that made me feel good about myself. Recently, the US government has adopted English only. While I can understand the concept of English being the official language, as a one who comes from Hispanic descent, I have mixed feelings.  Businesses, in order to make a profit, realize that the Hispanic Market is a profitable one. Why alienate them because of English only?  They have money and they want to take advantage of the free market. Also, as a minister, when I was working in a Spanish church, that has helped me in the sense that we gave them a helping hand. I have to admit, I would encourage my former Hispanic church members to learn English and gave them some classes in my free time.

 

You Can Learn Another Language.

 

Why is it important to learn another language? Scientific research have found that learning a language can benefit the brain. Another reason is that it opens doors in the social and economic areas. The global economy is a huge market in the business world and learning two or three languages can help bring clients to any business. My cousins moved to Montreal, Canada and they had to learn French. They, already, knew Spanish and English but when their father moved to that area, they had to make a few adjustments. Learning a third language was easy because they were children. Years later, when they applied to the workplace, their pay was better because they knew three languages. Many would say that learning a language is difficult but it does not have to be.

Others would reason that it costs a lot of money but I got good news, you can learn another language for free. In this blessed age of technology, there is an app called Duolingo. When you download it, you can learn a language and have fun doing it. I am, presently, taking French lessons. I do not take too much time on learning it but the app will work with you. Just 5 to 10 minutes daily with simple exercises and you would be amazed at how you can pick up some words. It is entertaining and can be addictive. So, do yourself a favor, download that app. Have some fun and learn a language. It might open doors for you in the future.

The Peculiar Power of Language
January 30, 2017
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I was sitting in a room and the moderator of a speech contest told one of the competitors that his ‘persiflage’ did him no credit.

The word persiflage rolled off the moderator’s tongue easily.   I looked up the word.  Now I had not know it, or that it was ‘frivolous or bantering talk‘.   Once I had it, I could hear it from other speakers.  Before I knew the word existed, I didn’t know the concept.

A set of promoters formed a company called Synergy.   That word means “a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements (as resources or efforts)“.

It was a brilliant term, for the company had a number of performers who did exemplify that definition.

The term ‘Newspeak’ is used in 1984.  It is an attempt to remove words from the language to prevent people from holding the concept.   It has been said many times, but can be repeated; If you don’t have the words you can’t control your world.

Without the words, you can’t grasp the concepts, you are unaware of the existence of these concepts.   Without the words your intellect is stifled.  You don’t ‘own’ what you experience; without the words, you can’t experience the event.

By removing words from the language one ‘retards’ the population.   By tossing tiny simple words, instead of complex ideas, the population is given very little information, although they feel they have gotten enough.

To say; “This is a Bad Bad Man,”  is ‘understood’, but why?  How?  What did he do or not do?  During the debates, Trump’s speech was remarkably light on specifics about how he intended to accomplish his goals.

By avoiding complex sentences and words with actual meaning, he made statements which are unable to be analysed.  This is because he had no plan.  He simply made the remark and left it.

The public, hearing the simplistic monosyllabic  answers, was unable to comprehend exactly what he meant or intended.   This is deliberate.  As deliberate as the Government in Oceania, in the book, 1984, removing words from the language.  For without the words, one can’t hold the concept.